Scáthach and CùChulainn

Needing a break from the stresses of our modern life that have kept me away from posting,  I came across a heroic tale recently mentioned by Alexander Irvine, a photographer from the Hebrides, on Facebook. It was another* old story from an island close to my Scots and Irish heart- the Isle of Skye, so…

Summer, Space, and the Lost Airmen

dedicated to the memory of RCAF Pilot and instructor Vic R  (27) and the crew of the Beechcraft C-45 that went down on Whidby Island.  Vic’s widow passed  in 2014 at 98 years old. Some of her ashes have been interred with  his, her first love and their infant son who also died too soon….

Beltane and the Poet

Beltane or May Day is an ancient tradition, the end of winter  and the day Persephone emerges from Hades’ or Pluto’s dark underworld  to bring colour and joy back to the earth. Through the centuries people lit huge bonfires on the evening of April 30th and danced, and sang, and told stories.  The festivities continue…

Dear Friends

What strange times we are living these days.  I’ve been very preoccupied lately –  but this too shall pass! I hope and pray you are all doing well and this post  finds you healthy and not too stressed financially, spiritually and emotionally.  I’ve also heard from friends and relatives overseas and I know Italy has…

A journey by field and sea

oh my goodness, a new post already! Out there in The Fields, where the blackbirds rehearse their joyful courtship songs   Almost spring and the song of the blackbirds and of the sea, – and of Selkies and seals  ….   (and The Selkies Lament – my love of Celtic and Icelandic lore accompanied by…

Scandinavian Scotland…..

Viking Roots Around the 9th Century AD, Norse seafarers found their way to Scotland  before continuing further south to what is presently Dublin, Ireland. On the Isle of Skye, names such as Skeabost and Carbost refer to the Viking farms that were once there.  The Skeabost Hotel has great meals and accommodation for travelers. There…

A Winter’s breath

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep– Robert Frost-“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” Winter on our side of the mountain homeward past corridors of light and ancient guardians out back the lights twinkle…